Mental Health Webinars (Archived)

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It’s OK to Play! Strategies to Help Caregivers Work with Traumatized Youth (4/18/18) In this webinar, participants will be presented with a basic overview of trauma informed care using the ARC (Attachment, Regulation and Competency) model as a foundation. Participants will learn how trauma impacts social and emotional development and how interventions that are playful and fun can also be critical tools to help youth who are struggling with symptoms related to complex trauma. Presenters: Tracie Carlson, LCMHC and Samantha Thomas, Lic Psy MA. View PowerPoint

Exploring a Community-based Peer-to-peer Approach to Mental Health and Wellness (10/27/17) The Pathways Vermont Community Center is a drop-in center that supports individuals in Burlington’s old north end by providing a peer-based approach to mental health support. Team Leaders, Abby Levinsohn and Alex Fergusen, will present on the unique framework that Peer Support Specialists use in the center to guide difficult conversations and self-care. You will hear most specifically about Intentional Peer Support, developed by Sherry Mead, and The Wellness Recovery Action Plan, developed by Mary Ellen Copeland. Presenters: Abby Levinsohn and Alex Fergusen, Peer Support Specialists, Pathways Vermont View PowerPoint

Traumatic Stress: Understanding What Happens in the Body and Brain (11/18/15). Trauma is often thought of as a single event that results in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, research now demonstrates that chronic and protracted exposure to stress can derail normal childhood development across multiple domains. We will take a look at the impact of developmental trauma on the developing brain, particularly during the first few years of life, and how it affects children’s ability to develop relationships, attend to learning, and regulate their thoughts, emotions and behaviors. We will also review practical strategies to become “co-regulators” for children in order to mitigate the impact of developmental trauma on their functioning across environments. Presenter: Feyza Basoglu, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Howard Center, CSAC Clinical Associate and Professor, UVM. View PowerPoint.

Smelling the Smoke – Fighting the Fire: Supporting Students with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse & Mental Health Needs (5/23/13). Drug and alcohol risks are prevalent in so many ways in the lives of Vermont’s young people. Whether a source of recreation, a coping strategy for stress or family conflict, or an indication of addiction, substance use complicates life’s existing challenges and creates new ones. For many, substance use is but a ‘symptom’ – or smoke – to greater underlying emotional, behavioral, social, or mental health concerns (the fire). With Smelling the Smoke – Fighting the Fire, parents, care givers, and other providers move beyond the one-liners and easy catch-phrases associated with substance abuse to consider ‘functional significance’: what does drug or alcohol use mean in the life of a young person – and what can we do to help. This presentation will offer a foundational perspective – and will provide practical and real-life skills that are proven effective in addressing issues related to substance use and co-existing challenges. Presenter: Mitchell Barron, LICSW LADC, Director, Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services.

Just Personality? Drawing the Line Between Traits and Illness (12/13/12). This presentation looks at the boundary between temperament or personality traits and psychiatric symptoms. A brief overview of child temperament is given followed by a summary of studies, both by the presenter and others, that have examined the role of temperament and personality traits in the development of psychiatric disorders. Presenter: David C. Rettew, MDAssociate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics; Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship; Director, Pediatric Psychiatry Clinic at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. View PowerPoint.

Coordinated Services Planning for Children with Complex Needs and Their Families  (2/14/12). Coordinated services planning is part of the Vermont System of Care for children with complex needs and their families. Find out about eligibility, and the benefits. Presenters: Kathy Holsopple, Executive Director from VT Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, and Cindy Marshall, Assistant Director from VT Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Handout: FAQ’s on Coordinated Services Planning.


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